On the re-opening of SLPP Office … “We would never encourage violence” John Benjamin...

Sierra Leone Sports: Barrie clocks National Record in IAAF World Champs

Maggie BarrieSierra Leonean, Maggie Barrie, permanently based in America, set a new national record for the 400m at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, England on Sunday 6 August 2017.
The 21 year-old clocked 53.20 sec in the first heat of the 400m women’s event, setting an historic National Record in the toughly contested run which saw USA’s elite 400m athlete Allyson Felix taking the lead in the heat with a time of 52.44sec to qualify for the semis.
Despite missing out on the semis after finishing 5th out of 9 athletes, Barrie produced a better time as compared to Polish Justyna Swiety (52.62), Maximila Imali of Kenya (53.97) and Canadian Travia Jones who clocked 54.02sec.
For many athletics fanatics, Barrie’s debut for Sierra Leone was superb and it has sent a signal to authorities concerned that she is the new face of athletics in the country, even though she doesn’t live in the country.
An athletics fan, Abdul Karim Kargbo commended Barrie’s effort and commitment to have even raced amongst high calibre of athletes in the heat with so much zest to place Sierra Leone in a better position, regardless of the fact that she failed in her quest to make the semis.
“I admired the young lady so much, she proved to be a trained athlete. She ran amongst the USA and European best. She started on the block with so much zeal and finished with the same pace,” Kargbo lamented.
Another athletics enthusiast, John King, called the attention of the national federation to keep an eye on Barrie and provide her with top class coach in America for training.
King adds, “She needs more training to build on her confidence and as we as improving her time. The qualifying time is 52sec and she is not far from it. With effective training and more competitions she will absolutely improve drastically”.
Aruna Kallon believes Barrie has the potential of winning medals for Sierra Leone if she has all the encouragement as an athlete. Claiming the likes of Allyson Felix whom she compete with in the heat, doesn’t rise to the pinnacle easily, it took time.
Affirming, Barrie can do better if she has enough competitions and high standard training probably in America where she resides. This he said will help to develop her potential.
By Magdalene S. Konneh
Tuesday August 08, 2017

Comments are closed.